Field Test: 5 lightweight bags

With many airlines adopting new baggage-weight restrictions, luggage manufacturers have shaved pounds off their suitcases. How does that affect durability?

Helium Fusion Expandable Suiter Trolley, $110 (weight: 11 pounds)
Helium Fusion Expandable Suiter Trolley, $110 (weight: 11 pounds)
Grade: B-
Durability: A solid frame, but the fabric started to get threadbare in spots. The handle didn't survive test without bending.
Functionality: This bag has plenty of front and inside pockets, as well as a useful tote-along clip for extra bags.
Favorite Feature: The generous expansion capability - you can add 2.5 inches to the main compartment.
Warranty: Limited 10-year - bag is not covered for damage caused by airlines.
Bottom Line: This bag had great capacity, but the fabric was less than durable and gave the case a bargain-basement look.

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